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The spirits of dead Indians are haunting a couple's house, and they call in an exorcist, whose trademark is a black whip, to get rid of them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Lash La Rue ... Ranger Girard (as Lash LaRue)
Anna Lane Tatum ... Beth

Cynthia Bailey ... Tammie
Mary Dalton ... Mary
Paul Holman ... Uncle Earl Coleman
Cynthia Farbman ... Lynn Evans
Marc Matney ... Craig Evans
Tony Shaw ... David Cody
Robert Bushyhead ... John "Four Eagles" Cody
Suzie Martin ... Suzan

Dean Jones ... Alan
Steve Templeton ... Dallas
Page Elizabeth Ray ... Page
Eric Mikesall ... Cletus

Tony Elwood ... Courthouse Student
Don Dahler ... Photographer #1
Jeff Johnson ... Photographer #2
Peter Deane ... TV News Voice (voice)
Ralph Shaw ... TV News Voice (voice)
Janet Harllee ... Beth's Friend
Dave Plyter ... Mr. Evans
Howard Martin ... Churchman #1
Steve Idol ... Churchman #2
Sammy Fulp ... Minister
Cary Wolfe ... Fisherman's Son
Barbara Hill ... Fisherman's Wife
Ray Speight ... Man Shooting Fish
John G. Wolfe III ... Attorney (as John Wolfe)
Jerry Whittington ... Sammy
Lars Lundgren ... Housing Inspector
Robin Doby ... Waitress
David Hill ... Police Inspector
Neal Stockton ... Police Inspector
Stuart Watson ... Wolfeye
Mighty Joe Coltrane ... The Toltecs: Archer
Jerry Montgomery ... The Toltecs: Tomahawk
Sherwood Jones ... The Toltecs: Dim

Directed by
Phil Smoot 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Phil Smoot 

Produced by
Lash La Rue .... executive producer (as Lash LaRue)
Phil Smoot .... producer
George B. Walker .... producer
John G. Wolfe III .... associate producer
Original Music by
Christopher Deane 
Matt Kendrick 
Cinematography by
Paul Hughen 
Film Editing by
Sherwood Jones 
Art Direction by
Dean Jones 
Makeup Department
Tony Elwood .... makeup supervisor
Dean Jones .... special makeup effects artist
Mark Kimray .... assistant makeup artist
Sound Department
Brad Hinkle .... sound effects recordist
Sherwood Jones .... sound editor
Jim Langwell .... sound mixer
Richard Stephens .... sound recordist
Jerry Whittington .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Tony Elwood .... prosthetic effects
Dean Jones .... prosthetic effects
Jerry Montgomery .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Cely .... gaffer (as Don B. Cely)
Mighty Joe Coltrane .... dolly grip (as Joe Coltrane)
Rocky Greer .... grip
Robbie Roberts .... assistant camera
Stuart Watson .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marcy Bethel .... costumes
Jane Wiley .... costumes
Editorial Department
Jim Finn .... negative cutter
Lawrence Mischel .... negative cutter
Other crew
Mary Dalton .... location coordinator
Mary Dalton .... production coordinator
Tony Elwood .... prosthetic effects
Dean Jones .... prosthetic effects
Mary Stafford .... location coordinator
Jerry Whittington .... post-production equipment


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UK:78 min
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Ranger Girard:Feel my whip, you son of a bitch!See more »
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References The Blues Brothers (1980)See more »


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Toltec Power! The power that causes brain deterioration..., 10 January 2009
Author: (Vomitron_G) from the Doomed Megalopolis of Blasphemous Technoids

Wow... I suspected this one to be bad... But now I find myself just at a loss for words... Honestly, no words of mine can do this movie any justice...

I'll try to say something anyway...

This truly is one unique gem. One of the worst kind.

Lash La Rue - given his background as an actor - doing a whip-fight with a Toltec sorcerer-zombie during the movie's climax...??? A true stroke of genius, without a doubt.

It rarely happens that I laugh out loud when watching a movie alone. It happened numerous times with this one.

The accents of the actors, man, the accents... And the dialogues I heard them speak... And the acting itself... I just couldn't believe what I was hearing.

That fat uncle farting so loudly (when walking up to the house together with his little nephew) for no apparent reason whatsoever...

Tits! Yes, there's titties! And female ass! There's even a naked chick in a bathtub sipping a beer...

That one "stretch his mouth over his face"-kill was the bomb! A true highlight.

The comedy-aspects were just totally bonkers. I just couldn't believe what I was seeing and hearing. For a while I even thought that they were unintentional, shaking my head in disbelief. But about halfway in the movie, I started to get the bigger picture. Guess it took me half a movie to dumb-down half of my brain, to finally get it.

I had a really hard time believing this movie... But it's good, really, I think. It had one black chick walking up to a very tiny cupboard, opening it and then saying "Wooow, look at all the storage space!". And she said it like she meant it. I mean, that's good dialogue and good acting, right?

Oh, and perhaps needless to say: Lash La Rue's whip-skills suck major ass in THE DARK POWER. It's really sad and pathetic to behold. That's all part of the comedy, of course. Or wait, I might be wrong. No, yes, I'm wrong. Lash La Rue was amazing with the whip! It was the editor's fault. He messed it up, cutting his lashes together and all. Or wait, it might have been the camera operator. He filmed from the wrong angles... Then why didn't Phil Smoot say anything? That's it, it's the director's fault.

But it's a good movie.

I'm just gonna quit talking about it. I have nothing meaningful to say anyway, except for the fact that I hope my brain will recover from this experience... some time soon.

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